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New Publication Highlights Information from LGBTQ Listening Forums

8/30/2006:   CWLA and Lambda Legal have launched a new publication to serve as a guide for helping the child welfare system better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in care.

Out of the Margins: A Report on Regional Listening Forums Highlighting the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth in Care, is a compilation of the experiences of LGBTQ youth in care, along with concrete solutions to end the problems they face in the foster care, juvenile justice, and homeless or transitional living systems. The information was gathered during 13 listening forums in 2003 and 2004 attended by more than 500 people in 22 states, including social workers, service providers, administrators, caregivers, and LGBTQ youth who are or were in care.

"This report offers concrete recommendations for policy makers and practitioners who want to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth," says Rob Woronoff, LGBTQ Program Director at CWLA. "The experiences and practical solutions in this report come directly from the people who are most affected-the youth and their advocates, caregivers, and service providers."

Out of the Margins builds on Lambda Legal's 2001 publication, Youth in the Margins, a tool aimed at providing child welfare administrators with recommendations on policies, training, and services to better meet the needs of LGBTQ youth in care.

Click here to see the list of past issues.

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